Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing (Self Healing Series)

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The health you enjoy today, and for the rest of your life, begins with your next breath. In fact, breathing is so crucial to your body's ability to heal and sustain itself that Dr. Andrew Weil says: "If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly."

On BREATHING: THE MASTER KEY TO SELF-HEALING, you will learn a complete course of eight breathing exercises that Dr. Weil uses in his own life, and has prescribed ...

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Overview

The health you enjoy today, and for the rest of your life, begins with your next breath. In fact, breathing is so crucial to your body's ability to heal and sustain itself that Dr. Andrew Weil says: "If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly."

On BREATHING: THE MASTER KEY TO SELF-HEALING, you will learn a complete course of eight breathing exercises that Dr. Weil uses in his own life, and has prescribed to hundreds of patients over the past two decades. Dr. Weil reports that these breathing exercises get more favorable response from patients than anything else he teaches.

To learn the art of healthy breathing, Dr. Weil turned to Eastern traditions, including yoga, which view the breath as a vital link to the prana, or energy of the universe. In easy-to-follow language, he explains the secret of breathwork's power over your health, and its remarkable ability to influence -- and even reprogram -- the nervous system. From increasing energy -- to lowering blood pressure -- to improving circulation -- to beating anxiety disorders without drugs -- here is your guide to the benefits of breathwork, presented by the bestselling author and physician who has taken the miracle out of self-healing, and made it available to us all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564557308
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Self Healing Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: 2 Cassettes, Approx. 2 Hrs
  • Pages: 10
  • Product dimensions: 4.44 (w) x 7.14 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Weil, one of America's best known advocates of alternative medicine and holistic healing, attended Harvard Medical School. He has worked for the National Institute of Mental Health and the Harvard Botanical Museum. He is the founder of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center and Associate Director of the Division of Social Perspectives in Medicine, University of Arizona. Weil's books include Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health.

Biography

Since the early ‘70s, Andrew Weil has been bucking conventional wisdom about healthy living.

Weil began his career with a bang -- or maybe just a puff -- in The Natural Mind, a book containing ideas that remain controversial today. Most famously, it endorsed the idea of "stoned thinking" (induced not only by drugs but also by hypnosis, meditation, etc.) and identified a bias in traditional studies about mind-altering drugs. The book was fortified by Weil's own experience studying and taking various psychotropic agents, and while it suggested that non-chemical experiences were healthier, it also bore open criticism of American drug policy. Weil continued his exploration of altered mental states with The Marriage of the Sun and Moon and From Chocolate to Morphine (coauthored with Winifred Rosen).

In his next three titles -- Health and Healing, Natural Health, Natural Medicine, and Spontaneous Healing -- Weil turned to illness and alternative therapies, educating readers on then relatively unknown options such as homeopathy, herbal medicine, cranial therapy and other unconventional approaches. The fact that Weil was a Harvard-trained doctor lent his writings credibility and popularity with an ever-widening readership, even as he earned a somewhat heretical status in the world of mainstream medicine.

Some of Weil's views might rile practitioners of traditional medicine -- he has suggested that certain conventional treatments do more harm than good -- but Weil has never advocated abandonment of the medical establishment. Rather, he promotes integrative medicine: an approach to health that embraces nontraditional healing methods and takes the mind and spirit into account when assessing and treating problems. In response to Dr. Arthur Relman's assault in the New Republic, charging that assertions in Weil's books that lacked scientific backing, Weil responded on his web site, "If I had dismissed the successes I saw with [cranial therapy, for example] as ‘anecdotes,' we would not be in a position to take the next step and gather the data that Dr. Relman wants to see. It is important to note that paradigm shifts, in medicine as in other fields, are not quiet affairs. They occasion much screaming and kicking." (To both of the doctors' credits, they engaged in a public debate at the University of Arizona following Relman's much-discussed critique, minus the screaming and kicking.) Whatever the future holds for certain alternative approaches, it is a testament both to Weil's popularity and the growing interest in his ideas that studies of such practices have begun to win funding and attention.

Eight Weeks to Optimum Health was the most complete synthesis yet of Weil's ideas about holistic health and also helped cement his status as a health guru. Unlike most "diets" that focused mostly on meal plans and magical eating formulas, Weil's program is about a balance of nutrients, herbs, exercise, and mental salves such as turning off the news or keeping fresh flowers around. In particular, Weil became a well known expert on the growing field of herbal supplements.

Recently, Weil teamed with Rosie Daley -- Oprah's former personal chef – to create The Healthy Kitchen. The book operates on a bit of push-and-pull between Daley and Weil, with "Andy" offering substitute ingredients to some of Rosie's recipes. As with Weil's other tomes, The Healthy Kitchen does not operate on draconian edicts, offering options for individuals instead.

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Weil is director and founder of the Program in Integrative Medicine of the College of Medicine, University of Arizona. Also, his Polaris Foundation advances the cause of integrative medicine through public policy, education, and research.

Weil's parents owned a millinery store in Philadelphia, and his mother fostered his interest in botany. "When you grow up in a row house, there's very limited opportunity to grow stuff, but my mother knew some things from her mother, who was the one with the real green thumb," he told My Generation magazine. "And she did introduce me to growing bulbs in the house, and we had a little plot of ground to garden. That stuff fascinated me. And I always dreamed about the day when I could have enough space to do it."

Weil's undergraduate focus was ethnobotany, which focuses on the uses of certain plants by various cultures and ethnicities. His thesis title: "The Use of Nutmeg as a Psychotropic Agent." Under a fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs, Weil traveled from 1971-75 throughout Central and South America to investigate cultural psychotropics and healing. Many of his findings from this time are collected in The Marriage of the Sun and Moon.

Weil lives in Arizona "by pure chance," he told HealthWorld Online. His car broke down in the mid-1970s, and it took so long to fix that he ended up staying in Tucson.

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    1. Hometown:
      Tucson, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 8, 1942
    2. Place of Birth:
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Biology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1968
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    Made a difference in my life!

    While I have been told about the benefits of breathing for the body, it wasn't until I listened to Breathing: The Master Key of Self-Healing that I really got it. Dr. Weil does a great job explaining breathing techniques, and the benefits that can be derived from thoughtful breathing. I have bought this CD for my entire department at work!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing

    These CDs are not very good. Andrew Weil is a big name, and he is helping to educate people about the importance of good breathing, but his audio program doesn't offer much more than can already be easily found in numerous other places. And he really doesn't tell us much about why breathing is so important for health and healing. I was very dissapointed. If you want some really good information about breathing, as well as safe, effective practices, skip these CDs and try the titles I recommend below.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

    Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing

    I do not really find these CDs very helpful. They simply don't provide insights into the fundamental principles of breathing. And they don't offer practices that are not already widely available. For the most part, the CDs are really a rehash of some very basic pranayama exercises. On the positive side, because Andrew Weil is so well known he is helping to educate people about the importance of good breathing to health and healing. And that's a big plus. But I cannot really recommend this audio program. There are better ones available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2001

    Not Much Substance

    Though it is great that Weil emphasizes the importance of breathing, his tapes are a not very good rehash of a few useful breathing techniques that one can find many other places. Weil seems to be cashing in on the growing interest in breathing--but he does so without giving the reader the information that he or she needs in order to go deeper into this crucial subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2000

    I loved 'Breathing' by Dr. Weil

    Dr. Weil is the best teacher I have ever listened to. He combines practice with experience to deliver a clear and enjoyable message that everyone can benefit from. I strongly recommend this product.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2000

    Thumbs Down!

    I regularly purchase audiotapes about breathing and was greatly disappointed with this tape. Weil's breathing exercises were awkward and rushed with no structure. Buy any breathing tapes by Gay Hendricks instead. HIS tapes changed my life!

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